Not a metal band but in fact catchy pop at its finest, Houndmouth have released another eleven track album for anybody who loves to bob their head to a sturdy beat with some polyphonic vocals thrown in. Little Neon Limelight sees the Indiana quartet continue on its path of unpretentious and terribly pleasant pop songs.
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Answering the question “why aren’t there more bands that sound like Band of Horses?”, opener “Sedona” is just the type of track that will appeal to fans of widescreen Americana. It’s a feel-good anthem that manages to be both melancholic and raucous, the melody is not unlike one of those by Cass McCoombs but by the end everyone is singing along. A minute into ‘Otis’ though you start wondering how long they can get away with this sing song feel especially when they songwriting takes an alarming and worryingly premature dip. It sounds not unlike Bonnie Raitt singing with the Band and is a honky tonk piece of bar-room stodge but that has nothing on ‘15 Years’ which wouldn’t sound out of place on an episode of Dukes of Hazzard.
By the end of side one I’ve given up. What a terrible shame. I enjoyed that for 3 and a half minutes.
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